What info do you have that S&F made the M1861 cutlass? Other than Ames, the only other M1861 I have seen is the rare Tiffany cutlass. There would have been very little non-Federal demand for S&F cutlasses since during the CW no State had a Naval militia. Ames had the exclusive contracts for provision of cutlasses to the Navy and the Revenue Cutter Service (predecessor of the US Coast Guard) and even produced 300 cutlasses for the Army in 1864 to arm Howard's "marine artillery" unit manning gun boats on the York River other streams. If S&F made cutlasses, to whom did they sell them and for what purpose?They also made M1840 NCO swords, light artillery sabers, and M1860 cutlasses.
Nice sword. Anything made by S&F is rare. When the war started S&F was making farm implement so they are the true story of turning plow shares into sword. S&F started making these model 1840's sword after the war started when the norm at the time was the model 1860 light cav sword. They also made M1840 NCO swords, light artillery sabers, and M1860 cutlasses. The only contract they had with the US Army was for a small # of light artillery swords. All others were made for State and Militia issues. The reason the never got a contract was quality which you can see in yours with the guard coming loos, the wire wrap coming off and if you look at the pommel end the blade was not fully tanged and the whole grip would come off. The did make a FEW, VERY FEW model 1860's but they are RARE and worth a lot. What is the length of the blade on yours? Also, below is the S&F mark which is the only mark you will find as with no US Army contract you would noy have a US, date or inspector marks.
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No use it with the curve of the blade. It looks like it will be 36 inchs which is what a model 1840 is. A model 1860 is 35 inchs.At least I think that’s how you measure it
It was suppose to be model 1860 cav sword. Glad to see your still out there keeping us straightWhat info do you have that S&F made the M1861 cutlass?